Kräftig Lager | William K Busch Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
William K Busch Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
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Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kräftig is the classic lager. Malt flavor up front with a slight sweetness, and a hop character that doesn't overtake it.

13 IBU

Added by GossageBrewery on 12-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,300
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
85
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not terrible, i will say that, these guys are capable of some way worse beers, namely the light edition of this, but this fuller bodied one has some positive attributes, as long as you drink it fast enough to keep it ice cold. it works with a grilled burger or chicken sandwich, and does have some real grain flavor to it before some of the adjuncty sweetness and metallics come in, but next to the light, these seem incredibly mild here. good carbonation and a frothy head and fuller bodied feel are essential here, its beerier feeling than a lot of these watered down budget beers, so i like that part for sure. some nuttiness is present in the taste, a cooked grain sweetness, faint honey, and aluminum. very little hops to this, a balancing bitterness at the end at all, but it doesnt start to taste too cheap until it warms up a bit. some oxidation and metals seem built in, but i dont hate the beer overall and would chose it over some others in this category. the kraftig light on the other hand, has absolutely no value and ranks among the worst beers ive ever put in my mouth...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kräftig has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with heavy glass lacing. Aroma is of rich, pungent malt, sourdough bread, and some grass. Taste is of those elements, with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Kräftig finishes crisp and clean.

RJT

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Photo of kopper65
4.6/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a REALLY good German-style lager with strong (but not TOO strong) flavor. One of my go-to beers when I'm sick of the craft beers on the shelf. And relatively inexpensive, too. I highly recommend it. Tastes especially good with barbecue. And popcorn.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brilliant gold with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and most of the top. The aroma is of faint German bittering hops. The taste is of light grassy hops and light malt. The mouth is crisp, light, and quaffable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd53grif
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bryan12345
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Branlott42
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This is an unexceptional golden american lager with a nice white head (sudsy, with lace and a little staying power). The aroma is faint, with a bit of grain, grass, and not much else. The taste is a bit sweet, with a cereal note and limited bitterness or hop presence. It is a typical macro American Lager. Forgettable.

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Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddoJay
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bauerodb
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The taste starts out nicely, but ends up a bit watery. But it's a nice attempt for an American beer to taste like german beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark golden in color, with a moderate, dense off-white head, with good retention. Thick, ragged tidemarks adorn the glass walls. A few fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Pale and caramel malt notes play off well against grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Opens with crisp pale malt and a little caramel, this provides the backbone of the taste. Soon after, grassy and herbal hops present, these compliment the malt well, offering a well-balanced taste. The finish sees the hops intensify just a bit, leaving a modest earthy and leafy presence at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant..

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of a familiar style, and serves to illustrate the point that macro brewers could offer a far better product than they presently do.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Sabre311
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.32/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was advertised all over Missouri, billboards, gas stations, bait shops, bars, etc.
Guess all that Busch money has to go somewhere...

Bright pale gold, racing carbonation. Feeble head of foam that fades rapidly to a thin ring at the edges. Aromas of sliced apple, something vaguely sweet, corn maybe. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry finish, a little over carbonated and bland. Papery with an apple ester from the yeast, no hop flavor or bitterness. Overall it's pretty dull but clean, perfectly average.

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Photo of Dewsby
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kjkinsey
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vestlake
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour. Not much head or lacing to speak of. This beer was basically okay. Typical adjunct lager, about the same as all the others. Give it a try, but don't expect much.

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Kräftig Lager from William K Busch Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 85 ratings